The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them - connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question - one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.
©2012 HarperCollinsPublishers (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.
I, like so many others, am stuck in this dystopian kick. I just can’t get enough. There are quite a few not-so-good stories out there, and, thankfully, Partials is not one of those.
Firstly, since it is an audiobook, I must comment on Julia Whelan’s performance. At first her pacing felt slow, but within five minutes I go used to it – plus you can always use the speed-up function if her pace annoys you. However, I absolutely loved her ability to give each character a unique tone that made their dialogue distinguishable. She’s great.
The first thing I love about the story is all of the characters’ maturity. Yes, they all are in the 15-19 age range, but they have the maturity level of college students – or at least Kira, the protagonist, does. A theme throughout the book is whether age is a signifying of adulthood, and I appreciate that they are not on the maturity levels of teeny-boppers.
Carrying on from the maturity thing, yes there is romance, but it is NOT the primary focus of Kira. I like that. I can’t stand it when a war is literally outside a character’s window, and her relationships are all she can think about. I also can’t help but love a YA female character who is dependent on her own strength and doesn’t NEED a man to survive.
Lastly, something I adored is the fact that there is literally non-stop action. It is a longer audiobook, so it is awesome that so much action is spread throughout the entire book.
It is definitely worth a listen. I definitely recommend reading this If you enjoyed (or I recommend reading these if you liked Partials):
Divergent by Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Uglies by Scott Westerfiled, or Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
I am an avid reader, mother of two, fangirl, nerdfighter, Chicago Cubs enthusiast and NASA supporter.
I actually started listening to this book while I was having a round of pretty unpleasant dental work and I have to say that it was still quite enjoyable! (The book, not the dental work.) Partials is a long and slow build up which was nice because I really felt like the author took time to build this world. The details about life after a total breakdown of society and its rebuilding was very interesting. The combination of things we know now, things that would be lost in this situation, and advancements that were made created a place that felt very real to me as a reader. The pandemic that caused the societal breakdown has had a devastating effect on infants and childbirth. (Please note that the first scene in this book involves the death of a baby.) It reminded me a little bit of Children of Man in that the survival of humans is in peril because of a lack of children. Everything hangs on the cure for RM. Kira is a smart and capable heroine who I really grew to like. Her bravery did not seem over the top, which I think helped me relate to her. The characters were all well formed and the very subtle romance added to the story without overwhelming it. As the plot slowly reveals itself, the story becomes more and more engrossing. For a book that was very long, it was paced in a way that never seemed to drag.
The performance was part of the reason why I liked this book so much. The narrator did a good job of voice differentiation and tone so that I always knew who was talking. The emotion with which it was read helped keep the story going. Overall, I thought that Partials was an excellent story with great world building and a riveting plot. If you are like me and have been putting off reading this book, you might want to try experiencing this book through audio.
I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!
The suspense of the last half of the book. The parallels of the political and social structure with ours. People say they are doing things, making rules for the greater good but it is really about maintaining power. The struggles of the people who question their beliefs because they understand the rules in one sense and yet when it personally effects them they feel violated, for example the law of every woman 18 or over ( then 16) being required to be pregnant until they are past childbearing age
Samm, his struggles with his programmed responses over his individual ideas and beliefs
I always love an animated narrator, as even a good book can be dull with a monotone reader
The first half I took breaks, the second half I had to listen to until way past bedtime to finish
Happy that the second book is coming soon!
After a slow start, Dan Wells hooked me in and I'm now hanging out for the sequel so much so that I may have to purchase an actual book instead of buying it from Audible! ('Fragments' the sequel doesn't appear to be on audio book yet *sadface*)
The beginning felt a little weighed down by backstory and medical jargon. But I'm glad I stuck with it. The quality of the writing kept me going at first and then the story kicked up the action and I was hooked. Keira, the main character annoyed me at times but by the end of the book I'd grown to love her.
My one complaint would be a lack of romance. All the connections are there but I feel like the author fails to give us any really satisfying romantic connections. Still, it makes for good tension and I hope there is some pay off for romantics in book two.
As for the performance by Julia Whelan - it was my favourite so far of the books I've listened to on Audible. She had just the right tone, I enjoyed her voices and her intensity was spot on. I will look out for more reads by her.
Overall, a good story about an intriguing world. If you like the new TV series Revolution, you may just like this.
As a mom of teenagers, I spend a lot of time in the car, and a lot of that time is spent listening to Audible. Because of that, I tend to listen to a lot of YA novels, and my reviews will include the "Mom View" of cussing, sexuality, etc...
A dystopian novel that stands out for it's surprising twists... The other reviewers mentioned the "surprise" in the novel, and I found myself thinking several times, "Aha! That's it!" But no, it's more a series of surprises that kept me distracted from the final, biggest surprise. Well written, well-developed characters, and the narration was easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this to others.
**Definitely YA-friendly! I don't remember much, if any, cussing, and there is no sexuality beyond a little kissing.
Not at first, but it got a lot more interesting the second half and I couldn't put it down.
This is a very clean book. There is no sex, foul language, or gruesome descriptions of violent acts. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read. I really hope they come out with a second book.
Really hard to believe that a 15 year old can learn more about a disease then any of the actual doctors and scientists researching this thing for 11 years. Give me a freaking break. No real medical or scientific training or experience does not qualify you to be a reasonable researcher. The entire concept was ridiculous.
Predictable and unbelievable even as science fiction.
I didn't realize when I got this that it was aimed at young adults (aka early teens). There's really nothing in the description to tip you off, so it's an easy mistake to make. YA books aren't really my thing, but if they are yours there's enough here to satisfy and you'll find it better than my two star review. I was looking for something with a bit more sophistication, but for a post-apocalypse novel this is far, far more Hunger Games as opposed to, say, Lucifer's Hammer. I'd give it a recommendation for teenagers looking for a light listen on the light fright side, and a pass for a more mature audience.
The narrator, Julia Whelan, is very good, so if you are looking for something geared for a younger audience, it has that to recommend it as well.
I loved the story as a unique take on the dystopian/apocolyptic society. The concepts and themes had so much potential. I agree with others who felt that there was a lack of character development. I felt there was too much time spent on the protagonist arguing with superiors who were obviously not going to be convinced to change and it sort of became exhausting. I have difficulty enjoying books that make the reader feel like they're a step ahead of the protagonist and are constantly waiting for the characters to figure things out. However, the heroine is intelligent and resilient in other ways. Again, story is brilliant, but expected more :/
It wasn't super imaginative. You could predict what was going to happen by the blatant forshadowing. I also find it hard to believe that ten years of doctors and researchers unable to find a cure for a disease would be so easily put to shame by a 16 year old nursing trainee. The main character is elevated too easily to positions of importance and defies the odds in way too many circumstances for it to seem legitimate.
Hmm maybe? I won't be buying the sequals but it wasn't wholly unpleasent. (how's that for selling it??)
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